It’s the end of March, so we’re a quarter of the way through the year – and I thought I’d try something a bit different and do a first quarter round up of the best things I’ve read so far. But before I do, in case you missed it on Wednesday, here are my romance recommendations for people who are looking to broaden their author base after the #RITASsowhite fiasco and also my BotW post for Can’t Escape Love. I’m still angry.
Daisy Jones and the Six
A BotW post in March, I think this is a book you’re going to hear a lot more about this year – it was an Apple books pick in March as well as being Reese Witherspoon’s book club pick and it’s being picked by articles and groups all over the place. It sent me off down a Wikipedia rabbit hole – and I’m still thinking about it a couple of weeks on – and not just because I went to see Taylor Jenkins Reid talk about the book on Tuesday evening. There are a lot more thoughts on that BotW post – but basically, it’s just brilliant. It was my second Taylor Jenkins Reid book of the year – the first The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was also a BotW (in Janurary) and would have been on this list but for the think where I try not to repeat myself! Also Taylor Jenkins Reid has made a Spotify playlist to go along with Daisy – if you need some more hints about the book – or something to listen to while you read it…
Don’t You Forget About Me
I’ve been recommending Mhari MacFarlane’s latest all over the place sine I read it back in January. As I said in my BotW review back then, it’s a proper romantic comedy – along with rooting for it all to turn out alright for Georgina, it’ll make you snort with laughter, as well as make you want to cry. And that’s often what I want from a book – and it seems to be getting harder to find at the moment – as lots of my previous auto-buy and favourite authors seem to be shifting towards different things. But this is proper good and will restore your faith in rom-coms. Now if only they were still making films to match.
This is another one that was a Book of the Week and that I’ve been recommending all over the place – it’s my favourite middle-grade book of the year so far and adults should be reading it too. I know that the centenary of the First World War is over now, but it still feels really timely to read this beautiful look at a family growing up through the Great War. It’s just wonderful. I cried happy and sad tears and generally embarrassed my self by getting emotional in public reading this. If I was a teacher reading this to my class, I’d have to get the children to read the climax or I’d be crying as I did it. And I don’t think that’s a plot spoiler – happy and sad tears I said. I’m hoping that this will find a place on the shelf of children’s classics about war – along with Carrie’s War, The Machine Gunners, War Horse and the like. It would make a brilliant – but heartbreaking – double bill with Five Children on the Western Front, but maybe read Skylark’s War second…
So there is your three top picks, honourable mentions to Fence, Brown Girl Dreaming and The Sumage Solution – my other top rated reads of the year so far. I’ve only written about one of them so far, but I’m sure that will change at some point… And as I’m writing this slightly before the end of March, you never know, there may be something else amazing in my last couple of the month. If there is, I’ll be sure to let you know.